Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Prime Minister has vowed to bring perpetrators of Mardan lynching to justice.
Interior Minister says indiscriminate action is being taken against fake national identity card holders under CNIC reverification campaign.
Finance Minister says wellbeing of common man will be top priority of the government in upcoming budget.
Pakistan says no leniency will be shown toward convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees has sought additional funds for repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.
In Syria, thirty nine people were killed in a car bomb explosion in Aleppo today.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken serious notice of the lynching of a student at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan.
In a statement on the murder of student Mashaal Khan by a mob at the university, he said the state will bring perpetrators of this incient to the book.
He said the nation is united to condemn this brutal incident.
The Prime minister said the state will not allow anyone to take law into his own hands.
He directed to apprehend those responsible for this brutality.
The Prime Minister expressed grief and sorrow over the murder of the young student and said every Pakistani should promote tolerance and rule of law in the society.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says indiscriminate action is being taken against fake national identity card holders under the ongoing CNIC reverification campaign.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today, he said the issue of blocked CNICs should not be politicized.
The Minister said it is responsibility of the Interior Ministry to block fake CNICs.
The Interior Minister said 3,53,085 CNICs were blocked. Of them, 1,74,184 cards of foreigners were cancelled.
He said the remaining cards will be unblocked for sixty days and their holders should provide any document, including ownership of land, educational degree, or passport, to prove their nationality.
To a question, the Interior Minister said the government is in contact with Nepalese government regarding missing of a retired army officer, and the Nepalese government is fully cooperating in this regard.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says well-being of general public and addressing their needs will be the top most priority of the government in the forthcoming budget.
He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad today which reviewed budget preparations.
The finance minister said the government has held comprehensive consultations with all stakeholders and various experts in connection with budget preparations.
He said successful implementation of economic reforms will play a vital role in achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
Mian Raza Rabbani has withdrawn his decision of resignation and vowed to continue to work as Chairman Senate.
This was announced by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while talking to media after a meeting with Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani at his residence in Islamabad this evening.
During the meeting Ishaq Dar conveyed the message of the Prime Minister to Raza Rabbani.
The Finance Minister also assured Chairman Senate about presence of the Ministers during proceedings of the House. He said all the minister will be strictly bound to give preference to parliamentary business.
He said Senate session will start from Monday and notice to this effect will be issued tomorrow.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya says India has been totally exposed for terror-financing and subversive activities in Pakistan through Kulbhushan Yadav's episode.
Talking to Radio Pakistan today, he said India has been blowing the trumpet of terrorism since long, but the fact is that the country's intelligence agency itself is involved in terrorism.
The Spokesman said Kulbushan Yadav was an agent of RAW and a serving officer of Indian Navy. He said Yadav has been awarded death sentence according to the law of the land.
To a question, Nafees Zakariya said the United Nations and the United States have expressed their desire to play a role for resolution of all disputes between the two countries, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
Passing out parade of 135 PMA long course, Integrated Course 54 and Mujhaid Course 7 was held at Pakistan Military Academy Kakul today.
Defence Minister of Qatar Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah was the chief guest on the occasion.
Cadets from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Palestine were also amongst the passed out cadets.
A large number of senior serving and retired military officials, diplomats and relatives of passing out cadets witnessed the parade.
Air Chief Sohail Aman has urged the youth to acquire skills in different spheres to cope with the future challenges.
Addressing the convocation of Air University in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan is our asset and everybody has to contribute to its development.
The Air Chief urged the graduating students to dedicatedly fulfill their responsibilities for nation building.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed for five hundred and fifty million dollars to ensure voluntarily repatriation of the Afghan refugees from Pakistan.
A UNHCR spokesman told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the world body needs additional resources to provide financial assistance to those Afghan refugees, who have opted for voluntarily return to their homeland.
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership say the puppet authorities have choked space for peaceful political activities.
Resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the detention of Hurriyet leaders and restrictions on a condolence meeting in Badgam yesterday.
The resistance leaders said that Indian forces were carrying out genocide in occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, more than fifty students, including girls, were injured when Indian police and troops used brute force against protesting students outside Government Degree College, Pulwama today.
On the other hand, shocking videos depicting the atrocities of Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir are making rounds on social media.
Amnesty International India-chapter, in a statement, issued in Srinagar, demanded prosecution in civilian courts of the Indian troops and paramilitary personnel filmed in these videos.
In Afghanistan, eleven civilians were killed in a roadside bomb blast in Helmand province today.
Government officials said the blast occurred when passengers were travelling from remote Nawa district to the provincial capital Lashkar Gah .
In Syria, thirty nine people were killed in a car bomb explosion near a bus convoy carrying evacuated residents of besieged towns in Aleppo today.
According to Syrian State TV,the blast occurred at Rashidin where dozens of buses carrying residents of Fuaa and Kafraya villages were waiting to enter the city.
Thousands of Syrians have been stuck in and around Aleppo today due to halt of a deal to evacuate people because rebels had not yet been granted safe passage out.
In Iraq, Islamic State militants have launched a gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul.
An Iraqi military officer says the Islamic State fired a rocket loaded with chlorine in the al-Abar neighborhood severely injuring seven soldiers.
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are currently battling IS militants in Mosul and more than half of western Mosul has been retaken.
In Sri Lanka, at least 16 people were killed and more than 600 others fled their homes after a massive mound of garbage collapsed on a poor neighborhood near capital Colombo today.
In Turkey, referendum on new political system will be held tomorrow under which Presidential system of government will be introduced in the country.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
Very hot weather is expected in Naseerabad, Makran, Sibbi, Sukkar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Hyderabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, D.G Khan and D.I Khan divisions.